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Diary: On the QT ..

The Idiots of the Week award must go the Health Lotteries. So terrifyingly water-tight were the client's non-disclosure agreements that VCCP was not even allowed to tell Harry Hill what advertising campaign it had signed him up to front.

But secrets can be damaging and unfortunately for all concerned, Hill disaproves of gambling and pulled out on ethical grounds once the advertiser's identity was revealed. This led to the rapid back-tracking that saw Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners appointed to the business a few days later ...

A chilled bottle of Chablis greeted Jeremy Bullmore as he arrived at his table at the Arts Club in Mayfair last week, just as it always has since the former JWT chairman used to stroll from Berkeley Square for lunch. However, adland's sage is getting worried - and not about his liver. "Am I getting older," he inquired of the maitre d', "or are these bottles getting smaller?" ...

Rumours have reached us that Grey's recent bid to reposition itself as a creatively driven agency Stateside has gone down like a lead balloon with staff. Posters adorning the agency's corridors and lifts that declared the new way as "Grey. Anything but", have been defaced to read "Anything But Grey". Ouch ...

The hacks at Diary won't deny they're partial to rocking out to Paradise City on Guitar Hero, or even better drumming along to Faith No More's Epic on Rock Band, but true to form, the computer geeks at AKQA have taken it a step further. In celebration of the launch of Rock Band for the Xbox, the agency held a battle of the bands in full rock garb, covering themselves in face paints, mullet wigs and tattoos. Check out their efforts at http://happy-thought.blogspot.com/ ...

If you'd like to check out a battle of a more feminine ilk, this Friday will see the ladies of the industry fight it out in the annual Nabs Netball Championships. Head to the Millennium Arena in Battersea Park to see the cat fights commence.

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